GGPC Logitech G October Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIC P –  Winner of the October Grand Prizes below!

And our October Grand Prize Pack is pretty epic indeed, a full setup comprised of our most recommended Logitech G Gaming Gears!

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse which is one of the top-rated Gaming Mice in the WORLD!

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse with full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Get maximum tracking accuracy from the responsive PMW3366 optical sensor which works with exclusive Logitech G Delta Zero optical sensor technology to minimize mouse acceleration and increase reliable targeting. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to customise everything, and you can then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling! When it comes time to play you can have your setup adjust to pre-loaded colour configurations automatically, each perfect setup highlighting the keys for the specific game you’re playing!

Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard to carry the name Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the Logitech G TKL Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

To complete this epic setup we’ve got a really excellent Gaming Headset too! The Logitech G933 Gaming Headset features advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the high-quality audio performance gaming demands. These Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones so you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolby or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound.  These audio technologies help to create a more lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around.

Sporting a really good noise-cancelling boom mic, your communication in-game will be crispy clear and when you’re not using it the mic can be folded back into the headphones and is nearly invisible. G933 is travel-ready with an included mobile cable and secondary inline mic for mobile devices when you don’t want a microphone boom in your face.

Play either on the 2.4GHz wireless or use the 3.5mm analogue input on the headset to play wired without using battery power. Both the light strip and logo can each be programmed to different colours or effects or can be synchronised.

Amazing gear, amazing October fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!

 

GGPC SteelSeries September Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

Congratulations to Carley L – winner of our September SteelSeries Grand Prize Pack!

Throughout September, if you purchased a GGPC Ready-to-Run Gaming PC and you can register to redeem a BONUS SteelSeries QcK Mousepad to go with your new rig.

The SteelSeries QcK Mousepad is made of high-quality cloth material, providing a precise and consistent glide. Featuring a specially designed non-slip rubber base which prevents the pads from sliding, no matter what surface the mouse pad is placed on.

A wonderful mousepad for any mouse, but grabbing this awesome bonus will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE September Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the SteelSeries QcK Bonus!

Our September Mega Prize Pack contains three awesome pieces of top-tier gear fit for a professional gamer, the first being the outstanding SteelSeries APEX 350 Gaming Keyboard!

This gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move strategically, and customize its performance for every game. Beyond just choosing from 16.8 Million colours, the Apex features ActiveZone lighting, a visual support tool allowing the user to independently customize each of its 5 zones and in multiple macro layers.

Our next SteelSeries Prize goes perfectly with the gaming keyboard above – the SteelSeries Sensei 310 Gaming Mouse!

Sensei 310 signals the rebirth of an esports legend. Featuring the new custom TrueMove3 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical sensor and exclusive split-trigger buttons, you’ll have the power of ultra-low-latency, rapid-response tracking and the performance of lightning-quick clicks. Based on the legendary SteelSeries Sensei mouse, the extreme comfort of Sensei ensures balance and speed with all grip styles. Plus, Prism RGB illumination with lighting sync, eight programmable buttons, onboard memory, and a light and durable construction combine to deliver the perfect eSports mouse

With both hands covered our winner is also going to take away great headset as well, and for that, we’ve got the SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Gaming Headset!

Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the retractable Discord-certified Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation. Specifically designed for the PC Gamer, Arctis 5 combines independent game and chat control, cutting-edge DTS surround sound, and dual-zone RGB illumination to create the perfect audio solution for your battle station.

Massive thanks to SteelSeries New Zealand for all the awesome gear – check out the latest range of GGPC systems and good luck to everyone for the September Grand Prize Draw!

 

RTX 2080 Graphics Cards Release Today in NZ!

Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards are available now in New Zealand, with models from EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte all looking very good. This latest generation of GPU has a slightly different naming style with the unexpected R – this highlights the real-time ray tracing aspect of this new release. Another new term to come along with the graphics cards in NVLink, the new SLi bridge for enthusiasts looking to build the most powerful gaming rigs in world.

Ray tracing relates to some of the graphic elements that make our games look good, or maybe realistic is a better word for this, it helps with dynamic lighting and reflections and with the boost real-time ray tracing enables, we’re even closer to having games look like our favourite CG cutscenes 🙂 It’s not a game breaker and if your sticking with GTX you’ll still be able to play, just on lower settings. Youtube demos can be seen via these links for Battlefield 5, Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider if you want to see real-time ray tracing in action.

Looking closer at the models available at launch, the new EVGA RTX 2080 XC with the Precision X1 software suite which, when paired with the NVIDIA Turing graphics card, promises to unleash its full potential with a built-in overclock scanner, adjustable frequency curve and RGB LED control.

The software is set for release along with the new RTX series, and it looks like this new generation of EVGA’s GPU stress testing utility, brings with it some excellent modes for pushing our new graphics cards to the limits.

If EVGA has the coolest software award then the coolest RTX award must go to Gigabyte’s new RTX 2080 OC with Windforce Cooling.

The triple cooling system features 3x 82mm fans, with an alternate spinning fan in the middle, 6 composite copper heat pipes and heat-pipe direct touch all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for great performance at lower temperatures.

The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow.

The card looks amazing too, gone in the signature orange from the previous 10 series, replaced by a perfect semi-metallic grey.

Moving onto the new Asus Dual RTX 2080 we can highlight one thing all these new cards have in common, they’re large, and Asus is totally OK with this, making some of fattest.

Via Asus: This generation, our top-end cards adopt a 2.7-slot footprint to accommodate a larger heatsink because bigger is better. We’ve increased the overall surface area of our cooling array by over 50% compared to last gen. If you want to squeeze the most out of the Dual GeForce RTX 2080’s performance, our latest design gives you a lot more thermal headroom for overclocking. If you’re just looking for an amazing plug-and-play experience, the extra heat dissipation keeps your fans running at lower speeds while you game.

The coolers on all models sit high, so when you fit them in your systems (upside down), these new RTX series fill almost three-slots. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of adding a component to the motherboard slots below. There is also no more DVI output, though the EVGA card looks to include an HDMI – DVI adaptor in the box. For the next generation VR headsets you’ll now see a special USB Type C connection on the back.

See these and more awesome new RTX Graphics Cards + RTX Gaming PC in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, fun times ahead!

 

Good Gaming – Free to Play PC Games

We’ve been playing a fair few games lately (as always :P) and recently we’ve been diving into as many free to play PC games as we can, this blog will be a sticky one that we constantly update with new games as we play them but for now we’ll start things off with a few unique and rather good games for your PC that will cost you nothing but the data to download them 🙂 (the titles for each are download links, videos are short gameplay tests captured by GGPC NZ)

Currently checking out Duelyst \o/

Dauntless – Dauntless is a free to play co-op action RPG currently in Open Beta on PC, but it’s so polished we’ve jumped the gun and put into our list 🙂 Filled with airships and giant beasts this one is very similar to Monster Hunter although the art style is completely different. Players team up to take down a range of Behemoths, bashing and slicing bits off to collect the parts needed craft and upgrade weapons and equipment with which we then proceed to hunt down larger Behemoths and smash them. Combos are a big part of the game, learning patterns of the monsters another – it all comes together perfectly in what feels like an almost finished, excellent game.

Fortnite – It’s still claiming to be a beta but Fortnite is yet again, very polished. More than just you vs 99 battle royale with even changing modes available (50v50 is great!) what really sets this one apart from other 3rd person shooters games is the building system, with almost all the objects in the map being able to be smashed apart into useful wood, stone, and metal. These can then be used to build ramps, walls, floors etc to create a defensible building, protect your team, or access a hard to reach area and flank your opponents. It all takes place in one large map, with a zeppelin battle bus full of opponents (and some friends) all scrabbling to grab a whole lot of guns. Construct and destroy environments while engaged in intense PvP combat, explore, or just riding around in golf carts if that’s what you do – with so many players no matter what you’re op to it’s likely you”ll stumble into some crazy fun times along the way!

War Thunder –  This one gives us action packed battles both on the ground and in the skies (also boats are in BETA!), it’s crazy how good this game is with beautiful graphics and a massive line-up of tanks and planes for us to use in the PVP battles + recently the games creators added a new PVE game mode named Assault which is a blast to play. A perfect game to enjoy with friends this one has options from Simulation to Arcade, it’s similar in many ways to World of Tanks and World of Warships but ultimately War Thunder wins the day with it’s seamless combination of modes and unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights. A truly great game that deserves a download 🙂

Path of Exile – You are an Exile, struggling to survive as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by NZ game studio Grinding Gear Games, Path of Exile is an isometric online action RPG is set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It offers excellent co-op gaming with extremely deep character customisation, the best skill tree we’ve seen in a long long time and even a hardcore mode in which staying alive actually matters 😛 The game is completely free and will never be “pay to win”, the community is excellent and graphics are top notch. All in all this is our most recommended game right now, crazy good times to be had playing on your own but in a group with some friends the game really shines.

Mechwarrior Online – A slower paced, tactical online shooter set in the BattleTech Universe. Victory requires a mastery of tactical positioning, teamwork, and firing discipline to prevent overheating and the dreaded shutdown (overload only works so much!). Each battle will reward you with credits depending on performance and these can be spent on new weapons, equipment and mech chassis to full your hangers. For new players there is a rotation of free to play pre-configured mechs to take into battle and these will give you a good taste of how each weight class performs so you can spend your credits wisely. Once you’ve brought a BattleMech of your very own there is a faction warfare system and if you spend a little time in each jumping from faction to faction you can quickly amass a bunch of personal hangers to store more and more of your own mechs in, this becomes more important with multiple variants of the same frame offering different hardpoints to mount weaponry on and new skills to unlock as you progress. It’s not an easy fight and don’t expect to just run in and win, this is a thinking persons shooter for sure.

Warframe – A team based hack’n’slash shooter with some pretty action packed moments, heaps of gear and hours of fun 🙂 The massive “Plains of Eidolon” update introduced a massive open world in which hack some enemies to pieces but they haven’t stopped there, new updates introduce new ways to play constantly. You play as a Tenno, an agile weapon master who wields the mighty Warframe and commands some awesome powers – Overpowered but unprepared and often forced out of your comfort zone, you must find it in yourself to improvise, not just to save yourself but the fate of all Tenno.

Battlerite –  If you enjoyed League of Legends but just want the team fights, you should check out this one for sure. A PvP arena brawler and the spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Bloodline Champions. The unique combination of a top -down shooter meeting a fast -paced fighting game and take part in highly competitive, adrenaline-fueled 2v2 and 3v3 battles. Engage in quick and intense action as you take control over one of many Champions, each with unique abilities to master. Welcome to a world where Champions dedicate their lives to the Arena.

EVE Online – The new free to play mode in EVE will allow you gain a lot of skills with no money down 🙂 Leveling up an EVE Online character has always been a little different from most MMORPG, every player in the game controls a clone which they train in new skills over time (even when you’re not logged in) as opposed to the far more common “kill this and fetch that for XP”. As your clone learns more and more you will be able to fly more ships and kit these out with new modules and equipment. When you die you respawn into another clone but depending on when you last did a clone imprint that new clone may or may not have the skills you previously acquired and it’s this investment in time that makes up one of many factors that gives each life in EVE a real feeling of value – there are of course the in game monetary losses involved with death in EVE, losing your favourite ship certainly hurts! The new alpha clone state will allow you to get some pretty potent ships like the Caracal below, armed with many heavy missile launchers you’ll be a fine addition to fleets around the univese 🙂

Cloud Pirates – Arcade airship based combat awaits you in this science-fiction fantasy battleground game 🙂 Remarkably tactical but also good fun early on for a casual run-and-gun play style, as you progress though you’ll gain access a bunch of unique upgrades for your airships, captain and crew which leads to much more challenging matches and modes as you progress.  There are numerous visual customization options to tinker which as you go and plenty of airships to choose from each with their own unique handling and firing arcs – snipers, tanks, dps, tackle – there really are a lot!

ARGO – A hardcore tactical first-person shooter, jump straight into combat in this official standalone FREE total conversion of Arma 3. This one has us fighting for supremacy in a familiar but new setting – the Mediterranean island of Malden, complete with dense urban areas and wide open plains ideal for snipers you’ll find each location has been built to provide an optimal experience for each game mode 😛 What really makes this one stand out for us here at GGPC so far is the new Combat Patrol CO-OP mode in which you can team up with some friends and fight against AI opponents with both randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces making each session of Combat Patrol unique. Combine this with three competitive game modes and a pretty good looking Scenario Editor with which you can create your own missions with and you’ve got ARGO, it’s a pretty darn impressive free to play war gaming experience 🙂

Dreadnought – This is a medium paced arcade action game which puts you in command of a massive sci-fi battleship, similar in many ways to Fractured Space and Cloud Pirates below but with some really beautiful landscapes to wage war on this is one can be a stunner with settings cranked to high. Customisation for your starship is first class from guns and turrets to coatings and decals and there are a range of configs for each ship class so you’re sure to find one that fits your playstyle perfectly. Massively enjoyable in a group or alone, we’ve been playing this one since early BETA days and it just keeps getting better!

Atlus Reactor – A rather refreshing and unique take on turn-based tactical combat. Engage in 4v4 team battles with a short moment between each round to lock in your players actions after which all eight players will execute their command lists. Each character has a range of moves available to them that will initiate at different times in the action que depending on the type of move selected, this makes playing Altus Reactor a game of predicting what your opponents might do which just keeps getting better the more familiar you become with the growing roster of freelancers available (numbering 25 as I write this). Once you reach level 10 there is also a “Seasons” XP event in which players can complete challenges and receive some extra bonus loot to customise their characters.

Blade and Soul – A rather fun MMO set in a world of martial arts masters and mythology 🙂 A tale of revenge at its core that will have you exploring a beautiful, cinematic world inspired by the distinct visual style of acclaimed artist Hyung Tae Kim. This one’s got detailed character customization tools, offers some brilliant PVP matches and has an excellent action based combat system. The story line is very enjoyable, especially the introduction to the game world.

Planetside 2 – It’s a very different experience from most first person shooters because instead of the usual 24v24 firefights – battles in Planetside 2 can typically involve a few hundred players. This war takes place over several continents each of which has a defined landscape, there are 3 factions to choose from each with there own infantry weapons, ground vehicles and aircraft. The scale of the game can be quite daunting at first but for new players if you go Engineer class and get a Sunderer vehicle you’ll rapidly begin leveling up while being a great addition to the war effort, doing this will allow you to quickly amass enough experience points to buy new weapons, vehicle mods or abilities. The game world is large, but getting around is easy thanks to an instant action button on the map screen that will take you into hot spots, you can also hover over locations to see just how many players from each faction are fighting in that specific sector which is excellent. Community wise (NZ players) we highly recommend jumping into this one on a Sunday afternoon, it’s pretty crazy!

Fractured Space – Another MOBA at its core but very different from Paragon above, this one has us controlling a large battleship in space based 5v5 combat pushing our way towards a large enemy base that your team can only reach by pushing a spacelane all the way up. Each multiplayer match provides some pretty intense team battles and also some smaller skirmishes with ships able to quickly warp to other locations on the map. The starships themselves look beautiful, there are three factions/manufacturers in the game right now each with their own unique art style for each class of ship available – each class backs some pretty awesome weapons and abilities that you can further tweak to suit your play style as you progress in the game. Fractured space is in early access now and we’ll be excitedly watching this one as it evolves, right now though it’s in pretty excellent shape and certainly a blast to play!

DOTA 2  Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with a level of polish and depth that’s unmatched. Much like League of Legends, Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy. Players can choose from a roster of over a hundred unique heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control on a beautiful fantasy landscape, battling one another with cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

League of Legends – A popular take on the multiplayer online battle arena game type that first came about as a mod for Warcraft 3 named DOTA back in 2003… or was it 2002, anyways it was a while ago 🙂 League of Legends released to the public in 2009 and it has since become one of the most played games in the world today with some very cool new heroes to play as and more joining the ranks constantly. It’s quite a wonderful game to play if you’re a gamer that’s short on time with matches lasting from twenty minutes to one hour depending on how well each team performs. The game is both newbie friendly and deep enough to keep a long term player interested, the roster of heroes to play as changes often and there is even a rune loadout enabling you to tweak you heroes slightly using various power-ups you can purchase using currency accrued as you play matches.

Killer Instinct – This one has been made available via the Windows Store so you’ll need a Windows 10 Gaming PC to try it out. It’s the same Killer Instinct we remember playing in movie theatres wayyy back in the 90’s but with some wonderful new graphics to enjoy 🙂 The free version of this one gives players a single character with which you can access all game modes, including online multiplayer!

Paladins – A team-based shooter set in a vibrant fantasy world and features a diverse cast of Champions ranging from sharpshooting humans to mech-riding goblins, mystical elves, jetpack-clad dragons, and bomb golems. Each Champion brings a unique set of abilities to the battlefield and new Champions are regularly added to Paladins, keeping the game exciting.  With strategy elements and character customisation through a unique collectable card system, players can amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play.

We’ll continue adding to this list as we test more and more Gaming PC, we’ve got our eyes on Battlerite but if you know a great new free game you think we should test out please drop a comment in via our GGPC YouTube channel – we are on the hunt now for a nice driving game!

GAME ON!

Intel Master Key with i5 and i7 – Cuphead, VR and MORE!

There is a new Intel Master Key available now, and it unlocks some pretty awesome extras for those getting a new Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, Gaming PC, or Custom PC featuring these processors.

On the code it says it unlocks quite a lot, including VR titles, but we’ve found some additions that don’t seem to be listed anywhere + even more unlocks as we completed the surveys that appear while redeeming the games!

First up, to claim your Intel Master Key simply visit your retailers Intel Master Key Redemption Website and register your new hardware to receive your special code. Now that hard stuff is out of the way let’s look at the games it unlocks!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the titles need a VR Headset such as the HTC Vive or Vive PRO

Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run & gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals & audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz music. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you pay your debt back to the devil!

Arizona Sunshine

When you hear a flash of a human voice on the radio, your hopes and beliefs are confirmed – there are still survivors out in the blistering hear of the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon state! Arizona Sunshine poses a two-fold battle for survival in a VR zombie apocalypse in which players need to navigate both the hordes of zombies coming for their brains and the scorching hear in their desperate search for human contact.

Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter built and optimized for VR from the ground up. Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. Enabled by the Intel® Core™ i7 CPU, Arizona Sunshine’s physics and particle systems bring zombie mutilation, wind & water effects, destructible environments, and an array of background detail never before seen in VR.

Sprint Vector VR

Championship Intergalactica! Race, jump, climb, and fly at extreme speeds through crazy-colorful courses and sabotage your competition as you sprint to victory. Innovative Fluid Locomotion mechanics let you attain incredible speed and control in this VR adrenaline platformer.

Redout: Enhanced Edition

Redout is pure Anti Gravity racing, a tribute to the classic arcade racing monsters. It’s designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the genre. Conquer a Single Player campaign spanning more than 100 events, 11 game modes and 30 racetracks. Then move on to Online Multiplayer, or challenge a friend in Split Screen. Your opponents will be fast and unforgiving. Ready to challenge the Solar Redout Racing League?

Raw Data VR

Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the surreal world of Eden Corp. Go solo or team up and become the adrenaline-charged heroes of your own futuristic technothriller.

Interkosmos VR

Enter Zvezda, a fully interactive re-entry capsule heavily inspired by 1970’s space technology where every switch, gauge, and mechanical bit could be relevant to your survival.

Interkosmos is an arcady astronaut adventure in VR. Brace yourself for a rush of hectic gameplay to challenge your inner cosmonaut and a fun story full of twists and Cold War absurdities.

World of Tanks – In Game Content

World of Tanks is a team-based MMO game dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. Engage in free epic online tank battles for instant adrenaline-packed action! Take control of hundreds of authentic tanks, from heavy and powerful steel brawlers to light and fast scouts, and engage your enemy on immersive maps. Battle in teams and join 78 million other players worldwide!

Warhammer: Vermintide II

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. The time has arrived to revisit the fierce first-person co-op slaughter-fest featuring visceral and ground breaking melee action, set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer Fantasy Battles world

And these are the additional unlocks we got as we redeemed!

Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR

Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship. As officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew. Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe.

In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the Federation dispatches you and your crew to command the new vessel, USS Aegis, as part of a critical initiative. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as the Trench in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Trench contains stunning beauty and undiscovered wonders, but also strange anomalies and dangers yet unknown. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is undoubtedly a threat to the Federation’s plans. It’s up to you and your crew to chart the sector to determine the Klingons’ aims and secure a peaceful Federation presence.

Rock Band VR

With 60 outstanding playable tracks, classic game mode, campaign mode, and leaderboards, Rock Band VR brings you hundreds of hours of ultimate rock’n’roll simulation!

However! It also requires your have the compatible guitar controller.

Breakroom

Breakroom lets you use Windows inside VR. You can surround yourself with applications. Work on Photoshop while watching a Youtube tutorial or just watch your favorite movie while playing online poker and browsing Reddit, while sitting on the beach or in a Japanese garden. You can finally use your headset for other things than gaming and free yourself from the limitations of the physical monitor. Turn your virtual reality headset into a multi-monitor system!

Guided Meditation VR

Meditation made simple & visual, built from the ground up for VR. Leave the worries of your life for a short virtual vacation across 17 environments, and return calmer and stronger. Find your happy place.

All up, a pretty good haul of games and VR experiences, you can check out the latest in Intel Gaming PC and eligible CPU options here and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog for the latest!

 

 

Asus Month 2018 Winners Announced

The winners have been announced! – see the name list on Asus NZ Facebook

**This promotion has now ended**

Those fine folks at Asus have just launched a wonderful promotion starting in New Zealand today – and it covers a massive range of Asus goodies including Monitors, Keyboards, Headsets, Networking and Graphics Cards.

It’s a register to enter promotion in which you buy selected Asus products between the 18 of June and the 28th July (A little over a month this time huh guys) and then you register your awesome new gear for entries into the competition which has some truly remarkable prizes up for grabs, like the new Asus 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor 😛

In addition to the PG27UQ Gaming Monitor, Asus has a range of awesome gear up for grabs like a BMW, GT-AC5300 Gaming Router, P3B Projector, Fusion 700 Gaming Headset, ROG STRIX Flare Gaming Keyboard, Blue Cave Router and even a few VivoStick mini PC’s

Every $200 spent will give you one chance to win, with no cap on the entries, EG: If you purchase $2000 worth of eligible Asus products this will give you 10 entries. When registering a total purchase value over $200, you will also receive an ASUS mouse pad bonus (limit 2 per person.)

Buying some Asus? You’ve got to be in to win with this one so be sure to register your gear using the link below!

http://www.asuspromotion.net/anz/asusmonth/

AMD Rewards RAISE THE GAME – 3x Game Bonus!

For a limited time and while stocks last, get yourself a new RX 570 or RX 580 Graphics Card, or a Custom Gaming PC featuring this hardware, and you can register to redeem a special AMD Reward code that will unlock a 3x Games BONUS!

The games included in this promotion are pretty legendary indeed, with Strange Brigade, Star Control and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey up for grabs. All yet to release!

Starting off with a closer look at Strange Brigade!

This one is a 4 player co-op adventure set in a 1930’s Indiana Jones meets the Mummy style adventure (from what we’ve seen so far at least). Explore alone or team up in 2-4 player online co-op, travel the ancient world as one of four dashing agents trained to tackle the supernatural. Seteki is not the only mythological menace to have awoken though, she’s brought an army of loyal beasts with her!

Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer. Hunt the foul Seteki through a rip-roaring campaign filled with dangerous dig sites, prodigious pyramids and crumbling caves packed with bountiful foes to send back to the afterlife. Decapitate the undead with spinning blades, fry them to a crisp with fire traps, crush them with a well-placed boulder and more. Keep those peepers peeled for suspicious clues, secret entrances and ancient contraptions that need re-awakening! Who knows what alluring treasures and buried riches await you on the other side.

Next up is the latest version of a game that many will likely have fond memories of from the original release in 1990 – Star Control is back!!

This latest version is called Star Control: Origins. You are the Captain of Earth’s very first interstellar ship – Congratulations! There’s just one tiny problem. It’s barely worth mentioning but a powerful alien species known as the Scryve want to exterminate humanity. We need you to go out and find allies, upgrade your ship and save the universe! Discover and use these so-called Precursor relics to upgrade your ship and try to avoid getting eaten along the way so that you can save humanity.

No pressure though. Just the very future of the human race rests on your shoulders 🙂

The next one is sure to have us running, jumping, slicing and dicing around Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey!

This latest story in the Assassin’s Creed saga carries us into the biggest war so far. Demonstrate your warrior’s abilities in large-scale battles between Athens and Sparta featuring hundreds of soldiers, or ram and cleave your way through entire fleets in naval battles across the Aegean Sea. Your decisions will impact how your odyssey unfolds, with multiple endings thanks to the new dialogue system working with the choices you make. Customize your gear, ship, and special abilities to become a legend in new environments including lush vibrant forests, volcanic islands and bustling cities.

This promotion is now live!

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GGPC COOLER MASTER AUGUST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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Congratulations to our August Grand Prize Winner CHRIS H! 

August at GGPC is all about BONUS Cooler Master Gaming Gear with the latest GGPC Gaming Rigs!  Simply purchase yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem the latest MP510 Fabric Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC!

The MP501 is a mousepad of premium quality, providing the clean surface needed for a flawless victory. Made from special Cordura fabric, which delivers responsiveness, durability, and water resistance with a perfect balance of speed and control. Built to last, the anti-fray stitching of the MP510 will keep your mouse pad in top condition and looking great on your desk.

A wonderful mousepad for any mouse, but grabbing this awesome bonus will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE August Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Cooler Master MP510 Bonus!

Our New August Mega Prize Pack contains four awesome pieces of top-tier gear fit for a professional gamer, the first being the outstanding Cooler Master MK750 RGB Cherry MX Gaming Keyboard!

The MK750 is a pro-grade mechanical gaming keyboard for the straightforward gamer, fully loaded with practical features to ensure success on the battlefield. Classic design gives the MK750 timeless good looks, with an eye-catching floating switch and anodized cobalt-aluminium top plate for a pro-grade feel to the keyboard. The sleek keyboard sports an RGB lightbar and backlighting which can be customised on the fly, without the need to download any software or exit your game. Macros work in a similar way, allowing you to record your very combos while in game.

Available with a range of Cherry MX Switch options for responsiveness, durability, and tactile satisfaction – our winner will get to choose the perfect MK750 Cherry MX Switch model for them, blue, red or brown, with all models including a removable magnetic wrist rest for superior comfort during the long gaming sessions ahead!

Our next Cooler Master Prize goes perfectly with the gaming keyboard above – the Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L RGB Gaming Mouse! This incredible gaming mouse lets our lucky winner tweak its shape with included modular top and side covers, changing the grip configuration so you can make a mouse that works best for you and the games you are wanting to play. On the inside you’ll find a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor delivering up to 12000 DPI with no interpolation and no acceleration and a 32-bit ARM processor which allows you to record and playback complex macros, as well as save all of your settings for use on any computer without software, 512KB onboard memory allows you to take your macros with you wherever you go

With 8 programmable buttons that can be easily expanded up to 14 thanks to the Storm Tactix function (Works like the FN key on a keyboard), we can now assign access more functions without adding more buttons. There is also a DPI switch which is found on the bottom right side of the mouse but even this can be reassigned to any other button, great news for the snipers among us who are looking to switch DPI levels on-the-fly.

Nearly every inch of the MasterMouse Pro L’s body is covered in a matte UV coating – this is highly durable and won’t peel, wear, or tarnish. To further expand on this dynamic shape those top techs at Cooler Master have made 3D Print models for the MasterMouse Pro L available here, so if you would like to actually make a unique custom grip perfectly formed for you, you actually can!

With both hands covered our winner is also going to take away great headset as well, and for that, we’ve got the Cooler Master MasterPulse MH-750 RGB Gaming Headset!

The MasterPulse MH750 is an exceptional headset, one that surprisingly hasn’t received much coverage despite packing an onboard sound card, it’s also had some of the best marketing lines we’ve seen on a headset, gems such as…

“offering a proper seal to prevent hearing the crushing reality of the outside world.”

“Adjust the obnoxious lightshow with a simple press of a button”

Funny realities aside the MH750 provides full audio immersion, with a lightweight, aluminium frame and five individual cushions provide all ­around comfort. Inside we get 44mm drivers to provide clear audio, both for communications from your team and the footsteps of enemies lurking in the shadows, with BassFX boosting available with the removable open/closed back design should you want to feel more of the explosions. It’s RGB of course, with that fancy 7.1 simulated audio making it great for movies and the like as well!

A pretty amazing setup for sure – but Cooler Master didn’t stop there – our lucky August winner also takes away one last awesome piece of gaming gear for their desk – the Cooler Master RGB Mouse Pad!

With nine vibrant preset light animations and effects, it’s the last piece of gear needed to perfectly match the other RGB hardware in your setup but it isn’t just about looks – the RGB Gaming Mousepad is also tuned for peak performance with a textured, low-friction surface that results in a mousepad that performs as good as it looks 🙂

Amazing gear, amazing August fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!